Thursday, April 16, 2015

1912, Carnegie Library, Ames, Iowa

[LIB11271] - Opened October 20, 1904, this building has been expanded twice to accommodate growing demand. It was designed by Hawlett and Rawson of Des Moines.
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Carnegie Library, Santa Rosa, California

[LIB11270] - Santa Rosa's library history includes several short-lived libraries between 1859 and formation of the Santa Rosa Library Association in 1875. An 1878 offer of this library to the city under the Rogers Act was declined; it was 1884 before the combined efforts of women's organizations and the newspaper editor succeeded in the city taking over the library and providing space in City Hall. In 1890 Santa Rosa hired the county's first professional librarian, Bertha Kumli, who guided the Carnegie project through from the application for $35,000 and acceptance of the offered $20,000 in March, 1902. Community leaders purchased a lot and Sacramento architect E. M. Hoen designed the building in the Romanesque style. The builder was William Peacock of San Francisco. The cornerstone was laid on April 14, 1903 and the building opened on March 10, 1904. Miss Kumli next joined the State Library and achieved a statewide reputation for her work for the county library system and in helping small communities establish public libraries. The Carnegie building was extensively damaged in the 1906 earthquake, and Carnegie provided $6,900 in additional funding for repairs. The building then served as library until 1960 when it was condemned as unsafe. The books were moved to temporary quarters, the old building was demolished in 1964. A new library on the same site was completed in 1967. [Website]

1908, Ericson Library, Boone, Iowa


Library, Waverly, Iowa

[LIB11268] - A really nice view of the snow-covered library.

1915, National Library, Interior, Buenos Aires, Argentina

[LIB11267] - When Buenos Aires became the capital of the Republic, the Public Library of Buenos Aires became the National Library and Antonio Wilde was appointed as its director. Wilde’s tenure did not last long due to his old age and death after a sudden illness. Paul Groussac followed his directorship. Groussac created a methodical classification system based on Brunet’s bibliographic model, undertook the cataloging of the manuscript collection, and published two remarkable journals: La Biblioteca, being one of the most prestigious literary journals, and Los Anales de la Biblioteca. [Wikipedia]

Carnegie Library, Newton, Kansas

[LIB11266] - The Carnegie Library in Newton, Kansas is a building from 1903. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

1954, Carnegie Library, Franklin, New Hampshire

View from the rear...


Library, Groton, Massachusetts


Towards the end of the 19th century, Groton’s need for a new library building became more evident.  Current and former residents of the town made bequests to the Library.  Donors included Willard Dalrymple, Augustus Fletcher, and Luther Blood.  Mrs. Charlotte A. L. Sibley offered to give the town a site for the new library building on Main Street, along with $4,000 towards its construction.  The amount of her gift was gradually increased until it reached $12,000, about half of the building’s eventual cost.  Mrs. Sibley continued to support the Library until the time of her death in 1902.

The new library was designed pro bono by Boston architect Arthur Rotch, a grand-son of Abbott Lawrence, the original grantor of funds for the establishment of Groton’s library.  Total cost of the land, building and furnishings was $27,500, of which $15,000 was allocated by the town. At its official dedication on May 18, 1893, the building committee gave the keys to the library trustees, plus an honorary set to Charlotte Sibley, publicly marking the institution’s new permanent home. [Website]

Carnegie Library, Long Beach, California


The books of an early WCTU library became the nucleus of the Long Beach Library Association in 1895. The city incorporated two years later and the library, which had occupied a succession of locations, moved to city hall in 1899. It became a free and tax-supported library in 1902, the same year that a Carnegie inquiry was first made. In 1908 the city was offered $12,500. After much controversy a site was purchased, and the city committed itself to $3,000 annually from city taxes. There followed an extensive correspondence with Carnegie, and finally the amount was increased to $30,000; the library ultimately cost $34,000. The architect, F. P. Burnham designed the building in the Classical Revival style. The builder was Weymouth Crowell. The cornerstone was laid September 5, 1908, the building was opened to the public on May 19, 1909, and was dedicated on June 15. A new library was already being planned in 1972 when the old library was damaged by fire; the old building was then demolished to make way for the new structure. [Website]
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Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana


Library, Indianapolis, Indiana


Monday, April 6, 2015

Carnegie Library, Perry, Oklahoma

The city of Perry obtained a grant of $10,000 from Mr. Andrew Carnegie to build the current Perry Carnegie Library, which was completed in 1909. [Website]


Library, Lowell Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Looks cozy enough, where are the computers?

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1918, Public Library, Florence, Massachusetts

Still in use as a public library. [Website]


1917, Carnegie Library, Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Vacant since the library moved in 1977. Undergoing restoration, to reopen as the Hopkinsville Carnegie Library of Kentucky Architecture.


Carnegie Library, Anniston, Alabama

The Anniston Public Library was built in 1918 with a grant of $20,000 from Andrew Carnegie on the corner of Wilmer Avenue and East 10th Street in Anniston, Alabama. The Anniston Public Library was one of 14 Carnegie libraries established in the State of Alabama. Like many libraries during the pre-Civil Rights Era, the Anniston Public Library was segregated. On Thursdays and on the first Sunday of the month, the Anniston Public Library set aside special hours for the city's African American residents to use the library. [Read more...]


Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Virginia

Thomas Balch Library is a history and genealogy library owned and operated by the Town of Leesburg. Collections focus on Loudoun County, regional and Virginia history, genealogy, military history with special emphasis on the American Civil War, and ethnic history. It is designated as an Underground Railroad research site. [Website]


Public Library, Winter Park, Florida